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Charity warns of ‘unacceptable decline in life expectancy’ in poor areas

27/03/2020

A health charity has warned that even before the current pandemic the UK was experiencing a decline in life expectancy in the poorer parts of the country.

Hotels supporting key workers and homeless to stay open

26/03/2020

Hotels, hostels and B&Bs supporting key workers and vulnerable people are to remain open as part of the effort to contain the coronavirus.

‘Social care needs you’, retired care workers told

26/03/2020

Council chiefs urge retired care workers to return to work in order to boost an over-stretched social care workforce in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Social workers ‘urgently’ need hand sanitizer, survey reveals

25/03/2020

Social workers have called on the Government to provide them with safety equipment in order to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Charity says it ‘defies belief’ that renters evicted during a pandemic

24/03/2020

Shelter has warned that legislation to suspend new eviction cases during the coronavirus pandemic does not go far enough as 20,000 evictions set to go ahead.

Scottish council chiefs welcome extra social care support

24/03/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Scottish government’s commitment to give extra support to councils to support social care in the face of Covid-19.

Government issues guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

23/03/2020

Social workers who need to investigate child protection concerns should be admitted to the home while taking infection control measures, according to guidance.

£3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection

19/03/2020

Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

Schools shut down to stop spread of Covid-19

19/03/2020

All schools, colleges and early years settings will be closed as of next week as part of the effort to contain the Coronavirus pandemic.

Social care inspections halted to focus on the ‘global health emergency’

17/03/2020

The social care regulator in England has announced it will be stopping all inspections in order to focus on supporting providers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Councils secure funding to deliver preventative HIV drug

16/03/2020

Local authorities in England will receive £16m to deliver the preventative HIV treatment PrEP.

Budget 2020: £5bn emergency fund to fight coronavirus

11/03/2020

The Government has promised to deliver a £5bn emergency fund to help manage the extra pressures the NHS and social care are facing in the wake of coronavirus.

Two million over-55s in ‘dangerous’ homes

05/03/2020

Over two million over-55s are living in a home that endangers their health and wellbeing, an alarming new report has revealed.

Cornwall Council announces ‘ground-breaking’ joint leadership role

25/02/2020

Cornwall Council has announced a joint agreement with NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group as part of a new approach to working on social care, health commissioning and public health services.

Life expectancy stalls for the first time in a century

25/02/2020

Life expectancy has stopped improving for the first time in more than 100 years, and has actually declined for England’s poorest women, according to a new study.

Think tank launches £3m fund to support community ‘wellbeing’

21/02/2020

A think tank has launched a £3m fund to empower community organisations and the health and care sector to work together to boost community wellbeing.

Handyperson Services ‘unsung heroes’ in supporting independent living

20/02/2020

A new report has called for the work done by Handyperson Services in keeping vulnerable people safe to be fully recognised by commissioners.

Charity warns of ‘deep’ health inequalities

20/02/2020

A charity has warned of ‘unacceptable’ health inequalities in how long and how healthy babies born today in different parts of England can expect to live.

Majority of homeless women suffer mental health issues

17/02/2020

A new study has revealed that the vast majority of women who are homeless suffer from physical or mental health issues.

Scotland has ‘highest rate’ of homeless deaths in Britain, figures reveal

06/02/2020

Scotland has over twice the number of homelessness deaths than England, ‘experimental statistics’ reveal.

Public health cuts leading to 'spiralling' STI rates

05/02/2020

Local authority leaders have called for more investment into public health services as a new report reveals that there is an STI diagnosis every 70 seconds in England.

Nearly 300 children start smoking every day, figures show

03/02/2020

Campaigners have called for tobacco manufacturers to pay to end smoking after figures show 280 children in England start smoking every day.

Commission puts health devolution back on political agenda

03/02/2020

A new Commission calling for the devolution of health and social care services has been launched today.

'Chasm' exists in children's mental health services, Commissioner warns

30/01/2020

There is a ‘chasm’ between what mental health services children need and what is available, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned today.

Thousands miss out on drug services due to cuts, charity finds

29/01/2020

At least 12,000 people experiencing homelessness missed out on vital drug and alcohol services last year, new research has revealed.

Brighton considers becoming a ‘car-free’ city

28/01/2020

Brighton & Hove City councillors have agreed to look into the possibility of the city becoming ‘car-free’ by 2023.

Indoor air pollution linked to respiratory problems in children

28/01/2020

Doctors call for local authorities to be given more powers to deal with air quality in homes and schools as a new study links indoor air pollution with respiratory problems in children.

Councils call for £500m to upgrade outdated leisure centres

27/01/2020

A quarter of all council-run leisure centres have not been refurbished in more than 20 years, new figures have revealed.

Boroughs in GP estate devolution call

24/01/2020

London Councils has called for more devolution to boroughs of decisions on the GP estate.

Think tank launches new strategy to tackle ‘poor health outcomes’

24/01/2020

The King’s Fund has announced a new strategy which places a ‘stronger focus’ on improving health and care services for people who currently have the poorest health outcomes.

Dementia patients being 'stranded' in hospitals

22/01/2020

More than 1,000 people with dementia are being admitted into A&E every day, new data has revealed.

Commission calls for action on ‘unequal risk of mental ill health’

21/01/2020

Some groups of people have a much higher risk of poor mental health than others, the Commission for Equality in Mental Health has found.

Regional inequality impacts girls’ ‘quality of life’

20/01/2020

Inequality between the UK’s regions means that some girls are being ‘left behind’, a children’s charity has warned.

London boroughs welcome ‘substantial progress’ in reducing HIV

17/01/2020

Local authorities in London have welcomed new figures which show substantial progress on reducing HIV rates in the capital.

Two million private renters made ill by housing worries, poll reveals

15/01/2020

Worries over private renting is causing millions of people to become physically ill or sick, a new survey has revealed.

Air pollution 'major public health emergency’, charity warns

13/01/2020

Heart and circulatory disease deaths attributed to particulate matter air pollution could exceed 160,000 over the next decade in the UK, according to a health charity.

Report calls for end of 'age apartheid'

07/01/2020

Radical action is needed to create ‘a country for all ages’ by 2030, according to a report published today.

Road run-off 'is pollution risk to London rivers'

02/01/2020

Sadiq Khan has called for more Government cash to tackle road run-off after a ‘pioneering’ study found that it is a pollution risk to the capital’s rivers.

Council chiefs warn of ‘bogus' Christmas taxi drivers

20/12/2019

Local authority leaders have warned revellers of the dangers of unlicensed rogue drivers around Christmas time.

Half of young carers ‘feel responsible’ for providing a good Christmas

20/12/2019

Nearly half of young carers feel responsible for giving their family a good Christmas, according to a new survey.

Visionary housing for the elderly

19/12/2019

A project in London has linked private and public sectors to provide quality care for older people alongside a block of luxury apartments, Mark Whitehead says.

Elderly save the state £23bn a year by providing unpaid care

19/12/2019

A new study has revealed how some of the oldest in society save the health and care system £23bn a year by providing free care to loved ones.

Cornwall Council launches tree planting drive

18/12/2019

Cornwall Council’s flagship climate emergency project the Forest for Cornwall will be officially launched next week at a community planting day in Saltash.

Oxford CC publishes £19m climate emergency budget

17/12/2019

Oxford City Council has outlined a £19m climate emergency budget to help the authority become a zero carbon council in 2020.

City of London Corporation launches UK’s first 24/7 zero emission street

17/12/2019

A busy thoroughfare in the City of London is set to become the UK’s first street where polluting vehicles are banned all year round.

Foster carers experience high-levels of ‘burnout’, study reveals

16/12/2019

Psychologists have called for more support to be provided to foster carers after a new study reveals the extent of ‘burnout’ in the sector.

PM told to ‘reset the dial for local government’

16/12/2019

Local government professionals have written to the new Prime Minister urging him to provide councils with ‘immediate’ financial certainty for next year.

‘Vast majority’ of council vehicles run on diesel despite pollution concerns

11/12/2019

Over 90% of vehicles operated by local authorities run on diesel despite council efforts to tackle air pollution, new research has revealed.

New figures reveal exercise inequalities

06/12/2019

Children from less affluent families are less likely to participate in physical activity than their wealthier peers.

Air pollution like smoking 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns

05/12/2019

People living in areas that have high levels of air pollution have an increased risk of death equivalent to smoking over 150 cigarettes a year, charity warns.

Nearly 500,000 children ‘worried’ about mental health

20/11/2019

Almost half a million children who are worried about their feelings or behaviour are not asking anyone for help, according to campaigners.

Lincolnshire health visitors to strike amid pay dispute with council

19/11/2019

A number of health visitors in Lincolnshire started a month-long strike yesterday over what they describe as the council’s ‘divide and rule’ policy.

Guide to help councils look after people with ‘several health problems’ published

19/11/2019

A new guidebook shows how people with several health problems can best be looked after by local authorities and other agencies working together.

Social prescribing does not achieve ‘meaningful’ health outcomes, study says

19/11/2019

Council chiefs have defended social prescribing after researchers argue the practice does not ‘achieve meaningful levels’ of health and well-being changes.

Children do less exercise as they get older, research reveals

14/11/2019

Primary school children do less exercise as they get older, according to new research.

Only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment, health experts say

08/11/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the next Government to reverse public health cuts as figures reveal only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment.

MPs call for ‘decriminalising’ drug possession

23/10/2019

MPs have called for a ‘radical change’ to drugs policy as a report warns the rate of drug-related deaths has risen to ‘the scale of a public health emergency’.

DWP admits overestimating number of disabled people due benefit refunds

21/10/2019

The Department for Work and Pensions has overestimated the number of sick and disabled people due benefit refunds.

Charity calls for ‘whole Government approach’ to health of young people

16/10/2019

Whitehall should transform its policies across housing, transport and education in order to secure the future health of today’s young people, charity says.

£2m loneliness fund launched

15/10/2019

The Government has launched a new £2m fund to help support grassroots organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness.

Queen's Speech 19: Brexit, health and devo at the heart of Government plans

14/10/2019

Brexit, the NHS and devolution are at the heart of the next round of Government legislation as outlined in the first Queen’s Speech today.

Around 58,000 reception-aged children obese, data shows

11/10/2019

New figures from the NHS have revealed that obesity levels among reception-aged schoolchildren in England have increased.

Council chiefs call for ‘properly resourced’ plan to improve health visiting

10/10/2019

Council leaders have called for a ‘properly resourced’ plan to encourage closer working between health visitors and other local authority services.

Council chiefs call for devolution process to be ‘reignited’

20/09/2019

The Government must 'reignite the devolution process' to give all parts of England more powers and funding, council leaders have demanded.

Smoking rates dropping at fastest rate in a decade

19/09/2019

The number of adult smokers fell by 2.2% in the first half of this year, according to the latest figures.

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to public health workers, council chiefs say

11/09/2019

Funding to train nurses should be expanded to cover public health workers including health visitors and school nurses, the Local Government Association says.

Health charity warns of ‘systematic failure’ in adult social care

30/08/2019

The Government must spend an extra £7.5bn a year by 2023/24 to stabilise and reform adult social care in England, a new report has argued.

Council chiefs back campaign promoting physical activity

29/08/2019

Local authority leaders are backing a campaign to help the 15 million people who live with long-term health conditions in England do more physical activity.

Greater Manchester to invest over £14m in ‘digital transformation'

29/08/2019

Greater Manchester is set to see £14.3m invested into digital transformation which aims to allow the safe and secure sharing of health-related information.

Over one billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, charity says

29/08/2019

More than a billion fewer cigarettes smoked each year, although campaigners argue this number could be higher if stop smoking service cuts were reversed.

Housing crisis forcing 1.3 million children to live in ‘overcrowded’ conditions

22/08/2019

A new study has revealed that more than one in 10 children in England are living in overcrowded homes because of a lack of suitable housing.

Court upholds abortion clinic ‘buffer zone’

22/08/2019

The Court of Appeal has upheld Ealing Council’s protest-free ‘buffer zone’ which is located outside of an abortion clinic in the London borough.

Over 10 million patients in hospitals with ‘dangerous pollution levels’

19/08/2019

Nearly a quarter of hospitals in England are located in areas with poor air quality, new research reveals.

New partnership to boost HealthTech innovation across Leeds

15/08/2019

A new cross-sector partnership has been signed to boost health technology innovation across the Leeds City Region.

Havant BC calls for better water quality testing

02/08/2019

Havant Borough Council is proposing to form a partnership with other local authorities to lobby for further water quality testing and monitoring.

Impact of Integrated Care Fund 'remains unclear'

18/07/2019

The impact of the Integrated Care Fund in Wales remains ‘unclear’ despite a £385m investment, the Auditor General has warned today.

Next PM has ‘100 days’ to save local government

15/07/2019

A think tank has called on the next Prime Minister to announce a one year emergency local government finance settlement during their first 100 days in office.

Rudd orders ‘evaluation’ of benefits for people with terminal illnesses

12/07/2019

Amber Rudd has asked the DWP to set up an 'honest and in depth evaluation' of how the benefits system supports people nearing the end of their life.

Online tool to calculate health impact of trees published

11/07/2019

A new online tool which can help councils calculate how much pollution would be removed by planting trees in local areas has been launched.

Whitehall announces £135m for health and social care system

11/07/2019

The Government has announced a multi-million pound investment to help tackle the biggest issues facing health and social care over the next five years.

A war on pesticides?

10/07/2019

With 40 councils now banning the use of Roundup over safety fears, Mark Whitehead finds out why the debate on using chemicals to kill weeds continues to rage.

Birmingham CC to pilot ‘car free’ areas outside schools

10/07/2019

A scheme to ban vehicles from roads near schools at the start and end of the day is to be tried in Birmingham from September.

Free HPV vaccination to be offered to boys

09/07/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed an announcement that from boys will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the first time.

Air pollution ‘shortening the lives of children’, report reveals

08/07/2019

A new study has revealed that air pollution could be shortening the lives of children in Birmingham by seven months.

Health and wellbeing boards make ‘real difference’, council chiefs say

03/07/2019

Boards set up to promote collaboration between health and social care professionals are achieving success, according to local government leaders.

Policies to clean up air pollution ‘effective’, research suggests

27/06/2019

Policies to clean up air pollution in the UK over the past 40 years have led to significant reductions in human exposure to air pollution, research suggests.

Over 500,000 social housing tenants in poverty due to smoking

27/06/2019

Over half a million social housing tenants are living in poverty due to the cost of smoking, anti-smoking campaigners say.

Thousands of overspill beds being used for routine care, report says

24/06/2019

Hospital beds that are supposed to be used only during emergencies and periods of high demand are being utilised for routine care, investigation reveals.

Cuts impacting on oral health in care homes, council chiefs warn

24/06/2019

Care home residents are not supported to ‘maintain and improve’ their oral health, the national health and social care regulator has revealed.

Service launched to help 55,000 children who are addicted to gambling

24/06/2019

The NHS has announced the launch of the health service’s first young people’s gambling addiction service to help tackle the ‘scourge’ of problem gambling.

Sure Start had ‘major benefits’ for disadvantaged children, think tank says

04/06/2019

The twenty-year-old childcare programme has had major health benefits for children in poorer neighbourhoods, a new analysis reveals.

Over 14 million people live with more than one long-term condition, study shows

22/05/2019

Almost one in four people are living with long-term multiple health conditions, according to new research.

Hackney publishes guide to banning traffic outside schools

17/05/2019

Hackney Council has launched a new toolkit designed to help local authorities ban traffic outside of schools at opening and closing times.

Thousands with arthritis unaware of available council support, survey finds

08/05/2019

Thousands of people with arthritis are unaware of how to access support from their local council, a new survey has revealed.

Charity calls for £2.4bn Dementia Fund

08/05/2019

A report calling for a new £2.4bn Dementia Fund has received backing from 68 cross-party MPs.

Digital health hub to be rolled out after ‘successful’ pilot

01/05/2019

A digital health and wellbeing learning centre is to be scaled up across England after a successful pilot, NHS Digital has announced.

Councils need more powers to tackle junk food adverts, campaigners say

24/04/2019

Campaigners have called for local authorities to be given more powers to push back against junk food advertising.

Don’t play the hokey-cokey with health

18/04/2019

Local government has turned public health around despite funding cuts. Now it not the time to think about returning the service to the NHS, argues Nathan Elvery.

Digital portal showing care home vacancies launched

16/04/2019

Local authorities have partnered with the NHS to provide a new digital portal which shows how many vacancies there are in local care homes.

Primary schools to be provided with free sanitary products

16/04/2019

Free sanitary products will be offered to girls in all primary schools in England from early next year, the Government has announced.

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